ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.
The ordinary fortnight!? meeting of the ABbbartoD Borough Connoll inn held last evenly. ±*roßent — The Mayor, and Ors j Williamson, H. TMedlander, MoFarlane, i Softly, Bird, R. Frledlsrider, Soott, Kelt, j aad Tucker. t MAYOR'S STATEMENT. THq Mryor Bt»id the dublt balance »t j the B sok vaB £1620 lOi 4J. Tao amounts which had boeu ceoalvod ainc* last meat- , !n* wore :— Rh<gb, 1888, £25 83 ; ra*es, , 1889, £94 19j ; rents of reserves, £1 5b j dog liooujee, £7 ; library acnonnt, I6i ; coat of Bumrajußes, refaadod, 8i; earth aold, £1. Total, £120 16a. OOEBEBrONDENCB. Letters were road— (l) From Registrar(ieneral asking to bo supplied with statistical iofortnauon. It wan deoided to aooade to tha request — (2) From Sir J. Hector, on bohalf of the director of 4.U0 Royal Botanical Gardens, K-jw, asking tor oertalp information In oonneotlon with the Djma'n. Referred to the Domain Board.— (3) From Mra Butlar asking that piutiou or Oass etreot bo asphaUed. Refocrod to the Works Oommlttee. FIRK BOIQaDB OOMMITTEB. Thu Fira Brigade Oommlctee tepocted that oa Monday, the Bch inst., • oonferenoe was held with the offioers and delegates of tha two Fire Brigade!, at wbioh several Important questions were dii* ouaoed, and at a Committee meeting held Immediately afer wards it^was teaoived to make the following reoommendatlona to the Council, which embody the viewn and deoialona of the Conference : -(1) Then the two Brigades ohould be united under one hea '-, wiio abould be the senior officer for the time being, and that the Western Brigade should be constituted a oranoh or seoond oompany of the main Brigade, retaining the right to appoint tbotr own offioere. (2) That the annual subaidy (or the United Brigade be £55, all small expenses to be paid out of the ■üb&ldy, bnt repairs of plant to be borne by the Council, that the fnll number of j the Brigade be 25, and that five move uniforms be provided (or tha additional memben. (3) That tho Oouaoll appoint and pay an engineer, who should al«o be the ecglaa oleanec and ouetodlan ; that he be the servant of the Council ~ and reiponuible to it for the plant ; that he be a member of the Brigade, and under the orders of the regular Brigade offioers In charge, to be ready to attend aU alarms of fire, and attend not more than twelve wet practices during the year, to keep the Brigade meeting room neat and clean, and to report all or any loss or damage of plant, etc, to the Oapialn of the Brigade. (4) Jphat the engineer's salary should be £26per annum, with house rent free, the old .Council offioas to be adapted for his nee and for the periodical meetings of tho Fire Brigade, at a cost not exceeding £75 • (5) That onu of the baud engines be dlspjued of, the Brigade to deotde which of the two engines now In use be
regained. (6) That the bell and staging at the old Fire Station be removed to the present one, and that any necessary alterations be made to raise it In height, also that the engine ahed at the Oounoll yards be altered It required for the steam fire engine, the abed at tbe Western Fire Station to be used for the hand engine retained. (7) That tenders ba oall«d for tho appointment of Engineer. Or Kelr,. the Chairman of the Flrj Brigade Cbmmli tea, moved the adoption of the report. It was the outcome of muoh dlsouislon and consideration, and he considered It was the bent arrangement fiat oould be made. Thsre was one matter, however, wbioh had esoaped tbe ootioe of tho Committee at the time and that was who was to be the owner of the manual engine whloh was to be retained —the Council, or the Western Brigade.
By the new arrangement the Council would save £10 In the amount of subsidy granted to the Brigades. The matters of altering the bouse aad removing the bell had, be thoaght, boen entiolpated by the Oounoll for some time past.
Or Tuoker seconded the adoption of the report. The sale of the manual engine would oover any extra outlay to which the Oounoil might ba put In carrying the new arrangement Into effcot Tbe £25 which it was proposed to pay the Engineer was now paid to the oieaner and caretaker, therefore there was no additional expenditure on that head.
Or H. Frledlander thought that with the consent of the mover and seconder of the adoption of tbe report, It would be wise to defer consideration till next meeting. Some very important matters wore brought forward and those of the Councillors who were not members of the Committee had not had time to give due consideration to the effaot of the proposed changes. He moved In the direction he had Indicated. Cr Bird asked when the steam fire - - -V* «*Vog'tßd ig arrive, engine «~ """■-• «t wai ejpeQtfid at The Mayor sala iv«» " ""»xfc the end of this or the beginning iv *..„ month, 1 Or Williamson, ai one of the Councillors who had only just heard the recommendations of the report, agreed with Or Frledlander, whose amendment he seconded. Nothing would be lost by deferring tbe matter. One thing be had not heard explained was whether the Western Fire Brigade were willing to fall (n with the suggested alterations, and he agreed with Or Kelr that there should be some information as to the ownership of the manual engine. The Mayor laid that the Western Fire Brigade were quite willing to fall m with the alterations recommended, As to their engine, that belonged to them, and they would claim as their own that whloh was kept, though this most probably would be the- one the Western Brigade now had He did not see any good to be gained by deferring consideration of the I report. Or Scaly was lnollned to support the Committee's proposals generally, but he did not quite egree with one or two of the clauses. For Instance he did not see any Immediate necessity for shifting the bell. This was the first oooailon he had beard the report, and he did not see that any harm would be done by^deferrlng consideration till next meeting. |Or R. Frledlander favored the report being at onoa dealt with. It contained nothing new except the proposed amalgamation of the two brigades, and It was suoU that the Oounoll might aocept without hesitation, The steam engine, too, would soon be bete, and applications would require to be Invited Immediately for the post of engineer. The alterations proposed bad been under tbe consideration of the Council for a long time. Certainly the matter of shifting the bell had been a vexed question, but the oost would be trifling. Or H. Frledlander, Id reply, said that tbe mere faot of the Committee taking a whole evening to deolde on their report showed that the matters were serious and required weighty consideration. It was therefore, scarcely fair to aak those Councillors who had had no opportunity of considering It to deal with the report off band.
Or Kelr said that the Committee only oooupled about fifteen minutes m deoldlng upon their recommendations. The oonferonoe with the brigades lasted about two hours, but tha greater portion of this time whs taken up m dlßonaslng the question of amalgamation ; when that had bean nettled the remainder of the business oooupled bat llttlo time.
Or H. Friedknder pointed out that more than one. of the previous speakers had referred to the protracted deliberations of the Committee.
Cr H. Friedlander's amendment to postpone consideration of the report wai then put to the meeting and loit upon tbe oastlog vote of the Mayor. The report war oonildirod icriatim,
Clause I— Adopted. * I Clause 2. — Thie o'ause was, after d(s-^ cuoslon, adopted. Clause 3. — An amendment to this cladse was oarrled by 6 to 3 thftt the Engineer should report any damage or loss to tho Council as well as the Brigade. It was decided on it bdng represented that tho Brigade did not wish tho Engineer aud caretaker to have a voice m its management, that tbongh a member he should not have a vote at the meetings of the Brigade.
Clause 4.— Consideration ofJtbls olause waa deferred uotil the applications for the post of Engineer had beea received, * Olnuso s.— This clause was, after a considerable amount of disomnlon, referred back to the Fire Brigade Committee, In order that something definite might be deolded m regard to the ownership of the retained hand -engine. -j
Clause 6— Adopted, but the question of shifting the bell was ordered to stand la abeyance for the preaant. < Olauie 7.— Adapted. It was deolded to oall alternate applications for the post of Engineer, stating salary required, aooordlng whether tba applioant wi»hed to have the home or not. The adoption of the report aa a whole was after a lengthy debate carried, subjeot to the approval by the Brigades of the matters referring to them, LIBRABY COMMITTEE. The Library Committee reported at follows : — As to alleged negligence >on the part of the Librarian, on enquiring Into the matter «nd hearing explanations we are satisfied that thongn there may, have beta one or two Instances of apparent negleot they were unavoidable. — We recommend that most of the Illustrated papers and tboae of A like oharaoter that are now put by be given away to the Hospital and the Old Men's Home, and that a quantity of the smaller newspapers be Hold for waste paper. —We recommend
that tbe ana of £25 be granted for the purchase of new books for the Library, and that a Selection Committee be appointed. — We ' have authorised the Librarian to have the^looal newspapers and some of the periodicals filed.
The report was adopted. A Committee nas appointed, oonalating of the Mayor, Ora Williamson and Kelr to make a selection of new books. BNGINIEBS' BEPOET.
The Kogmeeia' report was read and adopted. IHB PROPOSED TBAIN AITHBATIONB.
The Mayor said be had called a pnbllo meeting for this (Tuesday) evening, to consider the proposed alterations m the railway time-table, MIBOBLLANJBOUB.
A quantity of miscellaneous business was tranaooted, and the Council adjourned at a late hour,
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